In 2013-2014 I presented a paper in Lisbon, Portugal, earned a Fulbright, and moved to Stockholm, Sweden. I spent the year interacting with local musicians and studying death metal, politics, folk, and mythology. My days were spent in a studio writing an opera, and nights at metal clubs (and often these things blurred together).
My life has gone by academic years for far too long. I'm defending my dissertation soon, I can say I've gone Python full-stack, and I work out nearly every day.
From that, you know most all there is to me other than this one fact: tonight I made macaroni and cheese with broccoli, spinach, lots of garlic, and shrimp for dinner, from scratch. I drank a nice red wine while preparing the feast.
Movies: American Psycho, any Studio Ghibli (Nausicaa may be my favourite), Tough Guys Don't Dance (either brilliant or horrid). Life has gotten a bit in the way, so I'm a tad out of date on movies. Feel free to offer suggestions of what I should watch.
Shows: Went on this somewhat random Anime kick. I'm not usually a big anime fan, but the unbridled optimism of Goku has helped me get through the winter.
Music: I'm really into metal, contemporary classical, and, well, a whole bunch of other stuff. Currently, Alfred Schnittke, Guillaume de Machaut, Massive Attack, Portishead, John Hollenbeck (Large Ensemble and smaller groups), E.S.T. (sad, I finally get to Sweden, but it's too late to see Esbjorn Svensson), At The Gates (saw them live in Boston, AMAZING! And got to see Anders Bjorler again. Great guy!), Entombed, Krux, Opeth, In Flames, the fan in my room, the sound of the subway, the sound of the train going over the tunnel in Sundbyberg.
Food: All of it. Recent recipes--pulled pork, barbacoa, oatmeal scotchies, and a pork and beef soup using the cooking liquid from the pulled pork and barbacoa (and I learned to poach an egg)
or know when to use in depth vs. in-depth...which really satisfies requirement one. Wait, let me draw a finite state machine for this and figure it out...